Assortment of Glazed Mini Donuts

Anyone who knows me knows carbs are my guilty pleasure (fellow carb-lovers! check out my pumpkin muffin recipe here), especially donuts! I can’t resist. So you can imagine my excitement when I won a Dash Mini Donut Maker at a work holiday party! I’ve never made mini donuts before, so I was eager to test this machine out.

As soon as I unboxed it, I told Sten it reminded me of my Easy-Bake oven (anyone remember these?) I had growing up. Of course this is a step above that, but I would also say don’t expect 5-star-quality donuts, if you know what I mean 😉

For this mini donuts recipe, I made classic mini donuts with a vanilla glaze and chocolate mini donuts with a chocolate glaze. Each recipe makes nearly 30 donuts so be prepared to share!

INGREDIENTS

Classic Donut

For the dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)

For the glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp whole milk

Chocolate Donut

For the dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk

For the glaze:

  • 3/4 powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tbsp half and half

INSTRUCTIONS

Classic Donut

For the dough:

  1. To prepare the dough, start by mixing the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, milk, vanilla extract and butter together until combined well.
  3. Combine dry and wet mixture together until dough is smooth and combined well. The dough should be thick and sticky.
  4. Add dough into a Ziploc sandwich bag (or a pastry bag if you’re fancy) and cut a small hole in the corner. Note: you don’t want the hole to be too big or else it’ll overflow the machine, so cut small and make bigger if you need!
  5. Squeeze dough bag so it fills each mold about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 1 1/2 minutes then flip (use thongs!) each donut and continue baking for 4 minutes.
  7. PRO TIP: The longer the machine is on (plugged in), the hotter it gets. The last batch of donuts I made were cooking way faster than the first ones. I suggest either eyeing them (as opposed to letting the timer run) or unplugging the machine in between each batch.

For the glaze:

  1. Line your counter with parchment paper, then place your baking racks on top so the dripping glaze won’t make a mess.
  2. To prepare the glaze, simply mix everything together with a whisk until glaze is smooth.
  3. Let donuts cool for a few minutes then using thongs, dunk one side of each donut into the glaze. Place on baking rack to let the glaze settle. Note: if you want the donut to be completely covered with glaze, double the ingredients or else you’ll run out!
  4. Repeat until all donuts have the desired amount of glaze. If you want to add sprinkles (you do!), make sure to do it before the glaze hardens or else the sprinkles won’t stick.

Chocolate Donut

For the dough:

  1. To prepare the dough, start by mixing the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, sugar, vanilla extract, milk and melted butter together. Add the sour cream and sprinkle in the dry mixture until well combined. The dough should be thick and sticky.
  3. Add dough into a Ziploc sandwich bag (or a pastry bag if you’re fancy) and cut a small hole in the corner. Note: you don’t want the hole to be too big or else it’ll overflow the machine, so cut small and make bigger if you need!
  4. Squeeze dough bag so it fills each mold about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 1 1/2 minutes then flip (use thongs!) each donut and continue baking for 4 minutes.
  6. PRO TIP: The longer the machine is on (plugged in), the hotter it gets. The last batch of donuts I made were cooking way faster than the first ones. I suggest either eyeing them (as opposed to letting the timer run) or unplugging the machine in between each batch.

For the glaze:

  1. Line your counter with parchment paper, then place your baking racks on top so the dripping glaze won’t make a mess.
  2. To prepare the glaze, simply mix everything together with a whisk until glaze is smooth.
  3. Let donuts cool for a few minutes then using thongs, dunk one side of each donut into the glaze. Place on baking rack to let the glaze settle. Note: if you want the donut to be completely covered with glaze, double the ingredients or else you’ll run out!
  4. Repeat until all donuts have the desired amount of glaze. If you want to add sprinkles (you do!), make sure to do it before the glaze hardens or else the sprinkles won’t stick.
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